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Administration of Barack Obama, 2016

Proclamation 9455African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2016

May 31, 2016
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation
A vital part of our Nation's proud heritage, African-American music exemplifies the
creative spirit at the heart of American identity and is among the most innovative and powerful
art the world has ever known. It accompanies us in our daily lives, and it has rung out at
turning points in our history and demonstrated how our achievements as a culture go hand-inhand with our progress as a Nation. During African-American Music Appreciation Month, we
honor the artists who, through this music, bring us together, show us a true reflection of
ourselves, and inspire us to reach for the harmony that lies beyond our toughest struggles.
Songs by African-American musicians span the breadth of the human experience and
resonate in every corner of our Nationanimating our bodies, stimulating our imaginations,
and nourishing our souls. In the ways they transform real stories about real people into art,
these artists speak to universal human emotion and the restlessness that stirs within us all.
African-American music helps us imagine a better world, and it offers hope that we will get
there together.
This month, we celebrate the music that reminds us that our growth as a Nation and as
people is reflected in our capacity to create great works of art. Let us recognize the performers
behind this incredible music, which has compelled us to stand upto dance, to express our
faith through song, to march against injustice, and to defend our country's enduring promise of
freedom and opportunity for all.
Now, Therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of
the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby
proclaim June 2016 as African-American Music Appreciation Month. I call upon public
officials, educators, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with
appropriate activities and programs that raise awareness and foster appreciation of music that is
composed, arranged, or performed by African Americans.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year
of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America
the two hundred and fortieth.

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:15 a.m., June 2, 2016]
NOTE: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on June 3.
Categories: Proclamations : African-American Music Appreciation Month.
Subjects: Holidays and special observances : African-American Music Appreciation Month.
DCPD Number: DCPD201600364.

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